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Aperture is the opening in the diaphragm of a camera lens. For questions relating to Apple's photo management software, please use [apple-aperture] instead.

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Why is the Depth of Field Preview button necessary?

I've looked far and wide but i cannot find the answer for this question. I know some older cameras and lenses used to have aperture rings on them, which allowed the user to set how open or closed the ...
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What is an easy way to remember the full stop scale?

If you were teaching someone new to photography the full stop scales, is there a better way then flat out memorizing these values? Does anyone have an easy way that they remember the scale? Would it ...
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What apertures are required to enable autofocus, including cross-type or high-precision focusing, on Canon DSLR cameras?

This is a follow-up to Why does Canon and Nikon limit or disable autofocus beyond certain f-numbers? I'm doing this to separate the AF aperture requirements from the linked question above. My goal ...
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Can't duplicate Auto results in M, Tv, and Av Canon 70D

I've been a an amateur photographer for several years. I understand the technical side and enjoy explaining it to others. But...with my 70d, which I've owned for over a year, when I take an indoor ...
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What is the sweet spot of the Canon's 18-55mm IS STM lens?

I'm plannning to photograph negative film like this. And I would like to know what would be the sweet spot of my lens to achieve best sharpness possible, what f stop and at what mm I should be ...
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How does aperture affect focus area? [duplicate]

How does the aperture affect the focus area? Here are some examples: With an 35mm(50mm)/f1.8 prime lens What f-value will bring a group of people standing in five rows into focus? What f-value will ...
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What is the relationship between ISO, aperture, and shutter speed?

I know digital cameras have ISO options, and that ISO is the camera's sensitivity to light, but if you set higher ISO then you can get a noisy image. I also know there are two other camera options, ...
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Does a full frame lens require more light on a crop body?

When using a full frame lens on a crop body, does the lens require more light? If I use an f/2.8 full frame lens on a crop body, does it become an f/4.2 (*1.5)?
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How do zoom lenses restrict their widest aperture at the telephoto end?

Does the aperture ring lock the apertures beyond, say 5.6 at length lens's telephoto end? Does the lens introduce an obstacle to the aperture ring so the lens can't be opened anymore beyond the ...
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How do constant aperture zoom lenses work?

Cheaper zoom lenses usually are faster at the wide end and slower at the long end (for example, the $150 Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6). More expensive constant-aperture zoom lenses have the same ...
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Why don't the Shutter Speed, Exposure Time, Lens Aperture, and F-Number metadata values from my camera make sense?

I was just looking at some digital image properties, and it did not seem to make sense. Shutter Speed: 1/16 sec. Exposure Time: 1/11 sec. Lens Aperture: F/1 F-Number: 2.8 I would have thought that ...
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What prevents a f/1.8, 24 mm - 70 mm or similar range zoom lens from being made? [duplicate]

I see that it is common to have professional grade lenses such as 24-70mm lenses made at f/2.8. After using a 50mm/1.8, I was wondering what would prevent a more versatile zoom lens to be made that ...
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Does aperture effect the “depth” of faces in a portrait? Wide aperture make noses look shorter, wrinkles less pronounced?

Having a debate with myself that F/10 makes my portraits look better by making faces have less "depth." What I mean is I feel like wider apertures such as f/4 make my nose look longer and wrinkles ...
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Does using an extender actually change the aperture of the lens?

I just bought a Canon 2X extender and I always believed that it would only result in 2 stops' loss of light and not change the aperture. However, when I tested this extender on a Canon 135mm f/2 ...
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Autofocus with canon EOS 1200d [duplicate]

Can my EOS 1200d autofocus with1.4x canon teleconverter and canon 300 mm f4 lens. What will be my maximum aperture using both of these.
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How can I avoid this blur during taking indoor party pictures?

I tried taking some photos during an office event and noticed that they are all blurred. Can someone suggest what can I do avoid/reduce this ? A sample Picture is given below: **Larger version at ...
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Do photographers avoid using zoom?

Because most lenses do no have a fixed aperture, do most photographers avoid using zoom as to avoid messing up their settings and their established exposure?
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Why is my aperture limited to less than the maximum even in manual mode? [duplicate]

Equipment: Nikon D7000 with a 18-105mm lens that comes with it. Level of photographer: novice I've read that the aperture levels change depending on focus. Is there any way in manual mode to stop ...
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How to do custom bokeh on Nikon D3200 with 18-55mm lens (f3.5)? [duplicate]

I am attempting to use custom bokeh for an effect in which words appear in out of focus lights. After many experimentations i still can't manage to get it to work, i believe this is largely because of ...
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Can I make custom bokeh shape using a 18-55mm Nikkor lens?

Custom bokeh shapes need a large aperture. The max aperture my lens can reach is f3.5. Is it big enough for a custom bokeh? I tried but it doesn't work.
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Why do wide angle prime lenses have relatively small apertures?

I've noticed that many of the wide angle prime lenses (at least for Canon) have somewhat smaller apertures than their normal or telephoto counterparts. E.g. the regular Canon 24mm prime is f/2.8 while ...
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What's worse for post-processing blurriness, graininess or softness?

Context Using an a6000, I've been learning a lot about photography and how to control the depth of field (by changing the aperture), blurriness (by changing the shutter speed), and the noise ...
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What's the furthest you should stand with a 35mm lens at f1.8?

I understand the principles of depth of field, but am unclear as to what the recommended further distance is when you want to use a lower f stop. Surely at some point, your subject will go out of ...
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Are there lenses f/1 or wider that work on EF or E-mount?

Which lenses have apertures at f/1 or better, and work on cameras like the 6D or A7? In Sony's case, an adapter is acceptable.
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Simply bad focus or too big aperture?

I have made a mistake with this image: ISO 400 | 1/1700s | f/2 I used manual Aperture mode and set it to F/2 (now I believe this is too much). Kids were one meter away. It was light cloudy ...
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Anyone know how to save a Photoshop file, naming it from metadata or exifdata?

Thanks for any feedback in advance. I have an action that retrieves an image from Aperture, manipulates it, saves it back to the Aperture library in tiff format, then performs a save for web with an ...
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Why don't compact digital cameras have the aperture range of DSLRs?

Why is it that on compact digital cameras the aperture never seems to go any smaller than about F8 ? Even on high-end compacts such as the Canon G10 or Panasonic LX5. Is there some practical or ...
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What is Aperture in Camera? [duplicate]

This is first of my few questions coming up on cameras. I cannot ask all in one question as they relate to different topics. My first question: What is Aperture in Camera? Why Having a bigger ...
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Why is actual exposure changing as I go from one extreme to the other in aperture priority mode?

I just got my first DSLR, Nikon D5200 and after reading various tutorials and understanding basics of Exposure Triangle, I was out for testing my knowledge to get a practical view of how things get ...
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What is aperture, and how does it affect my photographs?

How does aperture affect my photographs? Why should I care about the aperture with which a photo was taken?
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How to compare the speed of lenses taking transmission into account?

When comparing the speed of two lenses, you almost exclusively hear about the maximum aperture. This of course makes sense, since at a certain lighting condition, a larger aperture in general allows a ...
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Does a specific f number across all lenses denote same amount of light?

When we say a light source emits 1500 lumens of light, it does not really matter if the light source is incandescent, CFL, diode etc. Similarly, when I say f/1.8 can I assume that all lenses pass the ...
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Is there any practical way to measure the T-stop of a lens?

T-stop measures actual light transmission in a lens. Therefore, different f/2.8 lenses can have different T-stops. T-stops are usually only given for cine lenses. For photography lenses, is there any ...
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What is T-number / T-stop?

Usually, when discussing aperture of a lens, F-stop and F-number are used for quantifying. But some photographers, and especially videographers, also mention T-stop. The concept and numbering used ...
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Can Nikon PK-11a extension tubes be used with G lenses, keeping aperture control?

I own a D3200 and 3 G lenses (kit lenses + 35mm f1.8G) and I was wondering if I could use an extension tube PK-11a with them keeping aperture control functional. At Nikon website seems to say no, but ...
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How can I further decrease the exposure in a studio environment?

I was trying a few things yesterday involving a studio backdrop which was lit using a grid to provide a gradient effect and a subject about 3ft in front of it, with its own lighting through umbrellas. ...
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Why are only certain values used for the aperture?

Why are only certain aperture values (i.e. 1.4, 2.0, 2.8, 4, 5.6, 8, 11, 16, 22) used? Is there a reason we can't use anything other than those values - for example, 1.8 or 2.7?
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What factors make a lens brighter? [duplicate]

Let's say I have two lenses of 50mm, one with maximum aperture f/1.8 and another with f/1.4. I understand that when using maximum aperture, for the latter lens more light will get to the film or ...
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Automatic Depth-of-Field in modern cameras?

What modern cameras (DSLR or mirrorless) have automatic depth of field exposure setting functionality? It would be desirable for example to specify a desired DOF based on subject size (or 'depth') ...
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Is it possible to change depth of field in RAW images?

I am beginner to photography, and I've learnt that we can do a lot of post-production in images by using RAW format. I'm looking for options to change/modify the depth of field in the RAW images - is ...
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How can I more consistently focus on the point I want?

I've had so many wonderfully composed images turn out lousy because my AF isn't as accurate as I'd like (or I don't know how to wield it). Despite using single-point AF, my focus point is often ...
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Since IQ is better at smaller apertures, and backgrounds can be blurred digitally, why not always shoot stopped down?

Is it correct to say that picture quality is better with small f number, but with very small DOF, this perfect quality degrades very quickly? So, is there any reason to shoot with wider aperture ...
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How to change aperture in manual mode on an entry-level Nikon SLR?

In manual mode on my Nikon D3200 I cannot change just the f/stop setting. It only changes in relation to the other settings. How can I reproduce settings that I have found in books on photography if I ...
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Why does changing the aperture cause lag in live view and in videos?

On my Canon 70D there's a considerable lag during the change of aperture when pressing the depth of field preview button. This lag also occurs during video recording, which causes the video to halt ...
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What does f-stop mean?

What does f-stop mean? Is it the same thing when people say "2 stops" for example?
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I must teach someone how a dSLR works at work. Where can I find an animation for this? [closed]

I must teach someone how a dSLR works at work. So YouTube, Vimeo and, generally, videos are banned. My 'apprentice' is smart, however I feel that he needs an animation with a 'transparent' (CGI) dSLR ...
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ANDCamera problem: brightness malfunctioning [duplicate]

I am a newbie photographer and had a question that has been plaguing me for some time now. My NIKON D3100 camera's brightness meter (the lines that change on manual mode when one adjusts shutter ...
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What are the limitations which stop Canon/Nikon producing F1.8 Zoom lenses? [duplicate]

Why is it that Canon/Nikon/Sony etc aren't able to, or dont (because of cost) produce F1.8 capable zoom lenses? Or do they?
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Are there ultra-wide angle (<24mm) lenses faster than f/2.8? If not, why?

I started looking for an UWA lens (something in the mid-teens), particularly for doing milky way shots. Learning that you get trails with too long of exposure, I figured I'd try and find the largest ...
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Change aperture of EF lenses without an EOS body

I'm looking to adapt my Canon EF mount lenses for other mirrorless mounts. Not all of them are made by Canon (some are Sigma lenses). I'm not really interested in keeping autofocus; a mere spacer as ...